FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has finally withdrawn his shocking announcement of retirement after his team's loss against Chile in the Copa America Finals. It was a heartbreaking news to the world of football, both for the fans and well-known personalities, but the athlete has reportedly changed his decision and is now going for the 2018 World Cup.
According to Sports Illustrated, Messi is now planning to join Albiceleste in the qualifiers this November to be able to compete in the next World Cup. The report also suggested that the player will not be present for the match in September.
Argentinian ex-coach Cesar Luis Menotti saw this coming as he told ESPNFC.com that he believes Messi will come back to represent his country. He added, "The only way out of this crisis would have been if Argentina had won." He also said that he understands why Messi was caught up in the moment and announced his retirement after the game. Menotti believes that the pressure of living through many concerns and not being able to win might be the reason retirement came to the football superstar's mind. more >>
Having sustained a serious knee injury during the Euro 2016 finals, football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to miss Real Madrid's UEFA SuperCup against Sevilla on August 9 and the first few matches of the team for the 2016-17 Liga BBVA Season.
According to ManagingMadrid.com, Ronaldo is suffering from a partly torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which could take up to five months to recover. This is based on the findings of the Portuguese doctors that attended to him in France. The athlete is still in need to confirm this and accept treatments and test for the injury to ensure the length of time-off required. Euro Sport stated that the current manager of the team Zinedine Zidane will not risk the welfare of his injured player and that Ronaldo is far off from getting the continental showpiece.
Cristiano's injury was caused by a heavy collision with French midfielder Dimitri Payet during the first 8 minutes of the final game. He managed the pain for 25 minutes before exiting the match in tears. The crowd gave him a standing ovation, admiring the player for his fighting spirit and committment to his team and nation. more >>
Russian evangelicals are expressing alarm in light of President Vladmir Putin's signing of a so-called anti-terrorism law last Thursday that imposes harsh restrictions on religious freedom by banning religious gatherings in homes as well as evangelism and missionary activities.
How this law will be applied when it goes into effect on July 20 remains "a very huge question mark," according to Joel Griffith of the Slavic Gospel Association. Other leaders fear the move signals a return to Russia's "shameful past" of Communist persecution of Christians, Radio Free Europe reports.
Griffith told Mission Network News in an interview on Friday that the law "could stop missionary activity to anybody but representatives, registered organizations and groups, it would require every missionary to have documents with specific information proving connections to a registered religious group." more >>
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law last week a measure punishing any kind of religious evangelization outside of churches, which some observers have called one of the most restrictive move in "post-Soviet history."
"This new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time confession of faith was permitted only in church," Hannu Haukka, president of Great Commission Media Ministries, told National Religious Broadcasters, according to Breitbart News. "Practically speaking, we are back in the same situation. These anti-terrorist laws are some of the most restrictive laws in post-Soviet history."
The law, which is supposed to be aimed against the spread of terrorism and extremism, has also been approved by the Russian Parliament's upper chamber. The move blocks the sharing of faith in any place that is not a government-sanctioned house of worship. more >>
Theresa May has been confirmed as the U.K.'s next prime minister after her only rival, fellow Conservative Andrea Leadsom, announced Monday that she was withdrawing from the race.
David Cameron announced shortly after that he would tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday, making good on his promise to allow another leader to step in and take on the challenge of separating from the European Union, following June's referendum.
May will be the first female prime minister since Margaret Thatcher. The home secretary has mostly chosen to keep her personal life private, but here are five facts about the nation's second female prime minister-in-waiting: more >>
For several years now, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi of Barcelona have been pitted against each other as they are regarded as the world's two greatest players of their generation. But some critics said that the rivalry between the two football superstars has come to an end after the 2016 European Championship, with Ronaldo edging ahead of Messi.
Cristiano Ronaldo's Triumph in Euro 2016 Final
According to Sports Illustrated, Ronaldo, who played with the Portugal national team on Sunday, got emotional after he succumbed to injury early on in the Euro 2016 final. But his frustrations were later replaced with tears of joy after Portugal managed to beat France. It is the first championship trophy for Portugal after several failed attempts. more >>